USA: Pollution Threatens Coastal Areas Worldwide

7 Apr 2008 by Local Press Report
washington, dc, united states

— Agricultural and industrial pollution threaten coastal regions around the world, according to a new study by U.S.-based environmental think tank the World Resources Institute. "A significant portion of the world's population — nearly half of which lives within 40 miles of a coast — is vulnerable to harmfully over-enriched ecosystems," said World Resources Institute senior associate Mindy Selman. World Resources Institute has identified 415 coastal areas throughout the world that are eutrophic — that is, over-enriched with nitrogen and phosphorous as a result of pollutants. The areas include the Chesapeake Bay, Baltic Sea, Gulf of Mexico, and Tampa Bay...

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